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FBI Warns Calvin College of ‘Education Tax’ Scam

It's the season for tax scams. One in West Michigan is targeting Calvin College students.

Wood TV 8 reports that the FBI contacted Calvin to warn of a scam in which students are contacted by phone and told they need to pay an "education tax". 

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Security Camera Shows How Fast Criminals Install Skimmer

Distracting the clerk for even 5 seconds is enough time.

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Scam IRS Phone Calls Plaguing West Michigan Residents

It seems like every tax season we see another IRS scam or two pop up in the area, but things seem to be worse this year in West Michigan...

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Flint Residents and Donors Warned About Water Crisis Scams

Michigan’s Consumer Protection Division has released a consumer alert to help Flint residents protect themselves from common scams attempted during crisis situations.

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New Scams Popping Up Around West Michigan

The Ionia County Sheriff's Office took to Facebook today to warn residents about a few scams that have popped up in the area recently.

One scam involves an "unmarked" police vehicle, while another involves extortion and compromising photos. 

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Scammers Spoofing West Michigan Business’ Phone Number

A new phone scam making the rounds in West Michigan is hurting more than just the people being called. A local business is also being tied to the scam.

"We've gotten several phone calls from people stating that we had just called their house," Shawn Howland, a manager at Lentz USA Automotive at 1227 Leonard Street NW in Grand Rapids, told WZZM-13.

The thing is that no one at the shop has been placing those calls.

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Michigan State Police Warns Residents of IRS Scam

The Michigan State Police have issued a warning regarding a telephone scam using the IRS as a cover.

Police are saying that scammers have been using fake names and IRS badge numbers to intimidate victims into wiring money to pay off IRS debts. The scammers have threatened victims with audits, arrests, suspension of business licenses and deportation.

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Beware of Facebook Scam Claiming Free Kohl’s Gift Card for Taking Survey

If you have Facebook, you've probably seen one of your friends claiming to have earned a $100 gift card from Kohl's just for taking a survey. Don't believe it.

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Kent County Sheriff’s Department Issues Warning on Text-Message Scam

It starts with a text message, and ends with your Social Security and credit card numbers being placed in the hands of criminals.

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Scam On Netflix May Trick You With Fake Customer Service Reps

A new scam targeting Netflix subscribers relies on our affinity for trusting customer service representatives with our personal information.

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Top 5 Ways to Get Scammed

Have you ever been flat-out scammed? Not fun, right? It can happen again! I feel like my mom often falls for stuff and scams.  Here are 5 sly ways you can be duped these days according yahoo finance:

  1. ATM Skimming - A device is attached to an ATM that captures information about your account when you swipe your card
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